Epson unveils its own smartglasses

Flying under the radar for the most part, Epson has managed to beat Google to the smartglass punch...

Flying under the radar for the most part, Epson has managed to beat Google to the smartglass punch with the launch of its BT-200 smart wear device.

Kyle White, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

While the majority of the coverage in the media about smartglasses seems to be focused on Google's Glass device, Epson has managed to swoop in under the radar and launch its very own wearable technology, the Moverio BT-200 smart glasses, beating Google to market in the process.

There are some key differences between the two devices, and it could be argued that Epson has a far more desirable product on its hands thanks to the fact that the BT-200 features a transparent display on each of its lenses, which means that the device is capable of augmented reality, while Google's device lacks this functionality in any true sense of the word.

More good news comes by virtue of the fact that the BT-200 costs a "mere" $699.99 when compared to the $1,500.00 charged by Google last month when it decided to make Glass available for a 24-hour period to American residents.

The device is powered by Android and features two 960 x 540 pixel displays, front facing gamera, accelerometer, gyroscope and more, but Epson is more concerned with focusing on the enterprise side of the market than appealing to the general public, despite the fact that it's got one heck of a product on its hands.

With the right marketing push, the Moverio BT-200 could well usurp Google Glass as the go-to wearable technology for 2014... assuming, of course, that Epson has any real interest in that side of the market.


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